After a bad night, to recover I rest more and hydrate.
On my nightstand is a glass of water and my glasses.
My go-to boredom buster is television.
My favorite wellness drink is getting up to do something, even if it’s just going for a walk.
The snack that uplifts me the most a handful of nuts.
In a crisis, take lots of deep breaths.
My most sacred object is anything of my dad’s. He passed just before I was born, so they remind me of our connection.
For a guaranteed laugh, I stay up late with my sister and laugh deliriously like little girls.
The most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is Paris, France.
To cultivate joy, I often smile at people, strangers included. I do it to uplift someone’s day, but the bonus is getting it back.
I decided to become a health coach to fulfill my passion of working with those struggling to find their own path to wellness. I had known for years that the health and wellness field was for me, but it took time and the right connections to discover my path. After many years working in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, that voice telling me to change careers kept getting louder and louder. Then it shouted. Then it ultimately kicked me in the right direction. That’s when I met Cassandra Metzger, a friend of my old work colleague who was starting a wellness business. My opportunity had finally arrived. I shared my desire to coach people one-on-one. From that moment forward, she supported me in becoming a health coach.
My understanding and drive for helping the sick is supported by my role as primary caregiver to my chronically ill mother who inspires me every day. Although she doesn’t realize it, she is teaching me the biggest lesson of my life. No kidding.
An anthropologist by degree from Dickinson College, I first fell in love with nutrition and wellness thanks to my Nutritional Anthropology class. The experience spawned two internships, one with a hospital Registered Dietitian and another with the Dickinson College Children’s Center where I implemented and instructed a movement program for the 3 and 4 year old students.
While a young corporate professional in DC, I became certified as a personal trainer and worked as a fitness trainer for Tenley Sport & Health. It was here that I discovered my love for working with people one-on-one. Being stuck in a gym? Not so much.
I was fortunate to complete the Health Coach Training Program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Once I started the program, I knew I had found the right education. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Katz, and Geneen Roth.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, as a health coach, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
I currently live with my family in Bethesda MD, just outside DC. For 20 years prior, I lived in DC where I loved living a car-free life (and still do).
I love all things diversity and city living. I’m a lifelong fan of dance in all ways. Doing, performing and watching. Okay, so the performing was a while ago, back in college with the Dickinson College Dance Theater Group. You still might catch me dancing to hip hop or salsa. Or whatever music moves me.
I was born in Elkins, WV where I grew up with my older sister and mom, residing in the home state of my father who passed away prior to my birth. We were one of few Korean American families in the area. This birthed my love of diversity and encouraged me to embrace it in all things. Everything from diversity in thought to diversity in ethnicity. The world would be a boring place if we didn’t have it.
I have an amazing network of friends in the DC metro area, as well as other states and abroad. They along with my family have been a tremendous support to me. I am grateful every day for each and every one of them.